60-min – All Levels
Hatha Yoga involves a sequence of yoga poses combined with breathing techniques, concentrating on physical health as well as mental well-being.
Hatha Yoga involves a sequence of yoga poses combined with breathing techniques, concentrating on physical health as well as mental well-being. This sequence is usually practiced at a slower pace than other types of yoga, with more static posture holds.
What is Hatha Yoga?
Hatha Yoga is a school of Yoga that stresses the mastery of the body as a way of attaining a state of spiritual perfection in which the mind is withdrawn from external objects. In Sanskrit, Hatha means force. The term is derived from the Sanskrit ‘Ha’ which represents the sun, and ‘tha’ the moon – leading to the common interpretation that Hatha practices are designed to unite and balance these two energies within.
Hatha Yoga offers a total life philosophy, incorporating how we relate to external and internal experiences as a path to inner peace. This practice consists of a sequence of postures aimed to align your skin, muscles, and bones. The postures are also designed to open the many channels of the body – especially the spine – so that energy can flow freely.
Who is this class for?
Hatha Yoga is considered a gentle yoga that focuses on static poses and is great for beginners. However, even though it is gentle, it can still be physically and mentally challenging.
This class is perfect for those of you who are new to yoga, need help improving their range of motion in their joints, and are looking to reduce stress.
Incorporating Yoga into your strength and cardio workout routines helps achieve an all-around balance of well-being!
What are the benefits of Hatha Yoga?
Strengthens your core muscles
Hatha yoga strengthens your core muscles because it requires holding poses for long periods of time, which activates muscles like your abdominals and glutes. Core muscles are important for overall body function – strengthening your core can help prevent lower back pain, improve your balance, and make you less likely to have a muscle injury.
Yoga can also be a good option for people who want to strengthen their core but can't do higher intensity exercises like running or weight lifting.
Helps you get a better night’s sleep
Doing Hatha Yoga can reduce your levels of cortisol, a hormone that is tied to your sleep cycle. Yoga also benefits sleep because it emphasizes mindful breathing and meditation, which can help relax your mind and body before heading to bed. Studies have shown that doing yoga helped people fall asleep faster and improved their overall quality of sleep.
Improves your mood
Hatha Yoga increases the levels of neurotransmitters like Serotonin and GABA in your brain. These neurotransmitters can help soothe anxious feelings and regulate your emotions. A consistent yoga practice enhances the functions of hormones that play a primary role in the physiology of depression – this results in a reduction in depression and improved overall mood!
Helps you manage stress
Hatha yoga can be physically demanding, but it can also help you relax and de-stress. Yoga affects your nervous and endocrine systems, which control bodily functions like the release of hormones and blood pressure changes. Taking up Yoga regularly lowers levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and blood pressure! The breathing techniques also practiced in yoga teach you how to control your breath and balance your thoughts in stressful situations.